The Scriptural BCP

Explorations of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, catalogued in one place.

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a landmark document of the Anglican tradition and the English language. Its unique rites, formulations, and collects are suffused with Biblical quotation and allusion.

This resource ports scriptural concordances and commentaries of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for easy exploration, so that anyone can learn more.


Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, writer and compiler of the BCP, pictured with Bible in hand.

Table of Contents

  1. The Order for Morning Prayer,
  2. Daily throughout the year.
  3. The Order for Evening Prayer,
  4. Daily throughout the year.
  5. The Litany.
  6. Prayers and Thanksgivings,
  7. Upon several occasions.
  8. Collects,
    To be used throughout the year.
  9. Holy Communion,
  10. Or the Order of the Administration of the Lord's Supper.
  11. Publick Baptism of Infants.
  12. To be used in the Church.
    Private Baptism of Children and Baptism of those of Riper Years share scriptural references.
  13. A Catechism,
  14. That is to say, an Instruction to be Learned of Every Person, before he be Brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop.
  15. The Order of Confirmation.
  16. Or Laying on of Hands upon Those That Are Baptized and Come to Years of Discretion.
  17. The Solemnization of Matrimony.
  18. The Visitation of the Sick.
  19. The Communion of the Sick.
  20. The Burial of the Dead.
  21. The Churching of Women.
  22. Or the Thanksgiving of Women after Child-Birth.
  23. A Commination,
  24. or Denouncing of God's Anger and Judgements against Sinners, with certain Prayers, to be used on the first Day of Lent, and at other times, as the Ordinary shall appoint.
  25. Forms of Prayer to be used at Sea.
  26. The Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.